Freedom Of Speech Means You Can’t Criticize Tim Robbins
Freedom Of Speech Means You Can’t Criticize Tim Robbins: I love how these anti-war celebrities want to have it both ways on Freedom of Speech. As an example, just look at the latest comments from Tim Robbins…
“In the 19 months since 9/11, we have seen our democracy compromised by fear and hatred,” he claimed. “Basic inalienable rights, due process, the sanctity of the home have been quickly compromised in a climate of fear.
“A unified American public has grown bitterly divided,” Robbins continued, “and a world population that had profound sympathy and support for us has grown contemptuous and distrustful, viewing us as we once viewed the Soviet Union, as a rogue state.”
…”A message is being sent through the White House and its allies in talk radio…[that] if you oppose this administration, there can and will be ramifications,” Robbins claimed. “Every day, the airwaves are filled with warnings, veiled and unveiled threats, spewed invective and hatred directed at any voice of dissent.”
…”Our ability to disagree and our inherent right to question our leaders and criticize their actions define who we are,” Robbins argued. “To allow those rights to be taken away out of fear, to punish people for their beliefs, to limit access in the news media to differing opinions is to acknowledge our democracy’s defeat.
…”In this time when a citizenry applauds the liberation of a country as it lives in fear of its own freedom…when people all over the country fear reprisal if they use their right to free speech, it is time to get angry. It is time to get fierce,” he continued. “Any instance of intimidation to free speech should be battled against. Any acquiescence to intimidation at this point will only lead to more intimidation.”
Oh poor Tim Robbins, his inherent right to criticize George Bush has been taken away…but wait, how can that be? Here he is giving a speech at the National Press Club and the speech is being published by the media. It’s even on the Drudge Report right now.
Then if you take a look at Google News, you see 62 articles about the Baseball HOF canceling an appearance by Robbins & Susan Sarandon. Yet despite all of that coverage, it’s, “Poor, poor, pitiful me, the news media doesn’t cover my point of view, I’m in fear of my freedom, oh the humanity!”
Robbins and his fellow anti-war activists who complain about this same sort of thing have a very peculiar view of freedom — in short — it’s all one way. Freedom to them is their right to say whatever they want with no criticism or consequences. If you publicly criticize their position, that’s not freedom to these people. Worse yet, if you actually decide to boycott products associated with them, stand back or your eardrums might burst from all the shrieks of, “MCARTHYISM!”
Well as far as I’m concerned, if “Tim Robbins, the actor” wants to become “Tim Robbins, the anti-war celebrity”, and reel off asinine lines like,”In this time when a citizenry applauds the liberation of a country as it lives in fear of its own freedom,” then he should EXPECT fall-out. That’s not censorship or intimidation, it is just other people taking advantage of THEIR freedom and that’s a good thing.